Next Event

09 SEP


Join us for PechaKucha Night Des Moines Volume #22 at the Des Moines Art Center.  We will be having an outdoor event in the courtyard at the Art Center.  Please join us for a great night of presentations and a beautiful setting at the Art Center.


Copper Harbor, Michigan

@ VOL 21 ON JUN 18, 2015

Details about the place that is Copper Harbor and what makes it wonderful.


How to Live a R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Life

@ VOL 20 ON MAR 06, 2015

In 2014 Laine Mendenhall-Buck was "called by God" to live boldy and take more risks. This presentation shares her story and is intended to encourage others to take step out of their comfort zone.


Change Your Past

@ VOL 20 ON MAR 06, 2015

Personal historian Sherry Borzo shares a look at how our stories influence our past. 


Kitchen Science: Fermenting with SCOBYs

@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Sarah Hargreaves goes over some of the amazing science behind the process of fermentation and shows how you can take advantage of it to easily make cheap and delicious new foods in your own home.


Back to the Land

@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

With sugary and inorganic food on the rise, Nick Wallace advocates for a shift back to Iowa's reliance on the land. He tells us stories of troubles throughout his life that he sees as a blessing in disguise, as these tough times encouraged him towards a healthy lifestyle and a return to his agrarian roots.


The Hero's Sandbox

@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Mathew Smith teaches us that by searching for problems in the world we can understand what we want to do with our lives. He lays down a yellow brick road to guide us, and discusses the archetypal hero's journey.


Puppy Mills in Iowa

@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

When Mary LaHay went shopping for a new puppy, she uncovered a shocking practice. Watch this presentation to learn what puppy mills are and why we should be more careful about where we buy our puppies from.


New Zealand

@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Jennie Smith tells you why you should go to New Zealand right now.



Top 5 Presentations in October 2013

Time just carries on with its tireless march forward and -- wow, just like that -- it's November! You know what that means: we have a fresh, steaming, stuffing-filled cornucopia of presentations for you (with a side of cranberry sauce)!
Here are the Top 5 Presentations of the Day for the month of October 2013: 

"Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" by Kate Garmey.

"Introversion" by Caleb Keller.

"Human Trafficking" by Ali Weiner.

"Fear. Pain. Humor." by Mark Rickmeier.

"The San Francisco of Tomorrow" by Craig Scott.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Matt McQuillen

    Matt is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Clive. He has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Iowa State University, with a focus in City Management. He first came across Pecha Kucha Night due to his previous job working for the City of Ankeny. The Ankeny City Manager sent Matt and another staff person to the Creative Cities Summit in Lexington, KY in April 2010. During the Summit Matt was exposed to the Lexington chapter of Pecha Kucha Night and instantly fell in love with the format and medium for talking about things people are passionate about. On the way home from the Summit he was thinking about ways to bring PKN to Des Moines and immediately identified the Des Moines Social Club as the best venue for event. From there he was introduced to Sarah and the rest is history.... Matt sees PKN as a great way to learn new things and create a sense of community that makes the Des Moines Metro a great place to live. He is excited to help bring the first PKN to Iowa and looks forward to talking to you about sharing your passion by presenting!

  • Sarah Noll Wilson

    Sarah is the Talent Development Business Partner for ARAG, a leader in legal insurance and an adjunct professor at Drake University. She has a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance from Drake University. It was in her time at Drake when she became introduced to the Pecha Kucha format for a final class presentation. She was immediately hooked and began researching PechaKucha events. Upon reaching out to the Des Moines Social Club to host this event, she was put in contact with Matt McQuillen and now they have organized 13 events over the past three years. In addition to her day job focused on helping leaders and teams fulfill their potential, she is actively involved in the Des Moines Performing Arts community. She has performed improvisation with CXP, Des Moines Premier Improvisation troupe, for the last 10 years. And can be found leading workshops combining her passion of the arts with the art of business. Sarah, a self professed "inspiration junkie", is so proud of how Des Moines has embraced PechaKucha Nights.

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